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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (29 Aug. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1107610214
  • ISBN-13: 978-1107610217
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
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'For the budding student of astronomy with a phobia of numbers and equations comes this book to the rescue … a great introduction to the maths of astronomy.' Astronomy Now

'A strong feature of the book is the excellent selection of instructive problems at the end of each chapter. Could be useful if you are desperately trying to think of some questions for your mid-term exams.' The Observatory

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Written for non-science majors taking introductory astronomy courses, this book explains how to use mathematics to solve problems in astronomy. It features plain-language explanations, dozens of fully worked examples, over 150 exercises and homework problems, and a rich set of online supporting materials.

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This book is a little gem and worth every penny. I think Dan & Julia have done a great job in explaining much of the mathematics you will need in any introductory level astronomy class. Anyone doing GCSE astronomy here in England would be well advised to buy a copy, there are many examples and also a web site with much more, including video sections with helpful hints and examples. Work through the sections and your maths will improve and therefore, so will your understanding of astronomy. Steve Durr.
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The book presents the most important astronomical observation methods and basic equation connected to them. This is done in a well thought and comprehensive way. The mathematics of the book is simple (no derivation nor integration), which is on the other hand the purpose of the book, but may dissappoint some readers wanting to see somewhat deeper. The book includes anyhow many excercises providing a good and concrete wiev - despite simple mathematics - to astronomical procedures and magnitudes.
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I looked at this a few months ago and then didn't buy for some reason. With just over a week to go to an Open University End of Module exam, I buy it and now regret not getting this earlier. The first chapter alone was worth the cost as I now understand why ratios are used so much and how to manipulate them as well as using units and getting them correct first time. The book also has a great online facility with all the examples and questions in the book fully work out as well as great video tutorials. It doesn't go into all aspects of astronomy of course, but what it does cover is very well explained... Oh, how I wish I had got this months ago!!!!
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My grand-daughter's interest. I have a first in mathematics, but she understands more than I do.
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very well written. good book.
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Superb overview of the basic algebra, trig, geometry and arithmetic required to acquire a deeper, non-trivial understanding of astronomy/astrophysics short of extensive use of calculus and other more advanced mathematics.
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This is a superb book which contains clear, straightforward details of the mathematics associated with astronomy. The first chapter explains in plain language a number of fundamental methods and techniques which are used in the following chapters about the mathematics associated with topics such as gravity, light, stars and black holes. The book is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in astronomy.
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I read this recently as a primer to a series of books on radio astronomy. I was delighted with the book. The selection and presentation of the material is first rate. I have begun ordering more books by these authors on the basis of this one alone.
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